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DVLA spokesperson Jeff Mumford said "This is partly an anti-vehicle crime initiative as the new V5C has added security features making it harder to forge than the existing registration document. This protects and benefits all vehicle owners - including classic vehicle owners."
Motorists are being issued with a new registration certificate automatically when they renew their vehicle tax or make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). But if your vehicle is off road being renovated, or it is exempt from car tax for another reason, you will need to send the old V5 to DVLA with a letter requesting a new certificate.
Keepers of classic vehicles who are concerned they may lose vital information on their car's history by handing in their old V5 registration document, may request the return of the log book in the covering letter.
All motorists are asked to ensure they are issued with the new registration certificate, as after 30 June 2005 private buyers and motor traders may refuse a sale if the vehicle keeper is unable to produce it.